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Jakarta Post

‘State-sponsored’ bigotry spurs persecution against Ahmadis

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 7 2018   /  12:40 am

Recent attacks against the Ahmadiyah community in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), which forced more than two dozen Ahmadis to flee their homes, have been described by activists as a form of state-sponsored persecution.

A team comprising Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) youth wing GP Ansor, the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and the Ahmadiyah Indonesia Congregation (JAI) recently concluded its four-day investigation into two separate incidents targeting Ahmadis in Montong Tangi village and Gereneng village.

The conflict between Sunni Muslims — who make up the majority of Muslims in the country — and Ahmadis has had a long history in NTB, and heightened tensions following the recent attacks on local Ahmadis were exacerbated by comments and intimidation made by government agencies, according to YLBHI head of advocacy Muhammad Isnur.

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